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Bell's Special Double Cream Stout - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,930 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,930
Reviews: 1,335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 208 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Double Cream Stout derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients. Completely dairy-free, this stout blends ten different specialty malts to yield a remarkable depth of flavor. With only a touch of burnt notes, Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-30-2001)
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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz undated bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Opague black/brown with dark mahogany highlights. Smallish tan head that too quickly turns to a small ring. Limited lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt with undercurrents of vanilla, coffee, chocolate.

T- mainly dark roasted malt, with hints of coffee, chocolate and vanilla, in diminishing order. This stout has a definite sweetness to begin, but ends with a long but mellow bitter and slightly dry finish. Rich and interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and creamy. Decent carbonation. Medium body. Seemed smoother as it warmed.

Another good beer from a great brewery.

chinchill, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is ink black. A thin brown head recedes to an edging rather quickly. Nice belgian lacing. Huge mix of toffee, vanilla bean, coffee, mocha and dark fruits on the nose. The taste is a combination of bittersweet chocolate (slight), lactic sourness, alcohol and dark plum and cherry like fruits. Nice combination. Body is about medium-full. Just another in the long line of outstanding stouts from K-zoo. I can't believe I didn't review this one already.

Bighuge, Oct 16, 2002
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty black, but then I guess its a double stout, even if of the cream variety. Aroma is faint cocoa, very delicate, not overpowering.

The taste, rich, yet soft, very easy drinking, not big on the roast or chocolate, it keeps a velvet like average chewiness with that dallop of cocoa powder. Not heavy on the sweetness. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste at all, ends dry for a milk stout or whatnot. A little twang with it. This beer offers a ton of different flavor profiles all under one cap, but none of them are really in your face. One of those stouts that you can use to convert someone to stouts, but isn't overly simplified, complex and enjoyable enough for everyone.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +0.8%

dmorgan310, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, light ruby highlights, with a mocha coloured, thin head. Fair retention and lacing. Lactose sweetness in the aroma, chocolatey and malty, light alcohol and moderate roasted character. Full body with low carbonation. Silky smooth texture, a bit milky. Balance is on the malty side, lactose, low roasted flavour but the roast barley contributes to dryness at the finish. Low bitterness and just a bit of milk chocolate. Very light alcohol warmth. Pretty good stout overall, quite enjoyable.

DrJay, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Zaphog, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a fantastic extra in a super trade with Kbeals... Huge thanks Kevin.

I'm broke and diving into stuff in the fridge... poured into my Delirium goblet.

Thin lite tan head... the brew is of course black.

Nose is pretty roasty with a background sweetness... French roast ...

Flavor is a good standard milk stout... could actually use a bit more sweetness to balance the dark malts.. lite bittersweet chocolate... good body and carbonation... sorry not alot more to say... this is just a great beer and a great take on the style.

Thanks again Kevin... You're good people.

3.5/4/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +0.8%

PEIhop, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 11507, bottled September 26, 2012.

Black body with a creamy brown head, with almost a reddish tinge to it. Light retention and a bit of lace. Nose of sweet and dark chocolate, light roast and some vanilla. Some hazelnut as well. Taste has some roast, creamy/milk chocolate and dark malt character. Some metallic as well. Medium full body and carbonation was a bit high initially. I'm sure this would be delightful on nitro.

liamt07, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of sweet vanilla and smaller amounts of unsweetened chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Creamy roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by hints of vanilla. Midway through the sip good amounts of dark chocolate flavors come out before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass with no problem and could have a few of these.

Overall this is an easy-drinking Milk Stout that balances that milk and stout portions quite nicely. Worth a shot.

glid02, May 19, 2009
Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

ShanePB, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch ID 7219, packaged on January 13, 2006.

A: Black with a tan head. Not much retention, leaves a little leg with some assistance.

S: A good amount of nose & very pleasant. Piney American hops, brown sugar and plenty of dark maltyness (bread, nut).

T: Slight sweetness, mild roastyness, mild acidity. Bready, chocolate, molases, caramel & pine. Quite nice, though I actually thought the Kalamazoo was a little more flavourful.

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy. Carbonation on the light side of moderate.

D: Very good.

I LOVE Bell's stouts!

Derek, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Bottle code 10151, which means it was bottled 1.25.11

Appearance - Near black, with a nice, lively tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and malts.

Taste - Similar to smell, more smokey flavors and some coffee flavors.

Drink - Good carbonation.

HuskyinPDX, May 22, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, mahogany highlighted, blackish-brown coloring with a creamy, fluffy, smooth, tall, light tan head that slowly settles into a filmy surface coat, leaving an impressive lacing along the glass. Aromas of cream first and foremost, with a subtle bittersweet mocha character in the backbone. Hints of vanilla and smoke, as well. Flavors are cream forward, with a rich and sweet blend, cut through with the bitterness of dark roast coffee, hints of baker's chocolate, and highlights of smoke. Very short lived sweetness, but it flashes back just as strong with every sip, only to be the Trojan horse for the bittersweet and smoky blend on the palate. Solid and balanced. Dry, light bodied, despite the robust flavors, but the beer is able to maintain a smooth feeling throughout. The bitter lingers through to the aftertaste, with a coffee theme, but there are also lingering hints of the creamy sweetness that started it all. Slick transition into a dry finish, with a bittersweet linger. Very easy to drink, both in body and ABV, and very flavorful. Solid beer.

GarthDanielson, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Gusler
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a midnight black color with a monstrous light chocolate head that creamy in its consistency and the left over lace a fine satiny sheet to meld with the glass. Rich chocolate malt sweet nose, coffee, roasted grain and just a treasure to sniff, front is ambrosial, full and rich as is the full bodied top. Finish is bittersweet, mildly acidic, bone dry and a real pleasing beer.

Gusler, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a creamy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roast, coffee, milk and dark chocolate, hints of sweet caramel and little to no hop aroma. Taste is sweet creamy and smooth. Whipped milk chocolate mousse with hints of mocha, caramel and roast. Sweet roasty creamy and flavorful. Medium body with a velvety smooth creamy silky mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. That is a nice flavorful stout. Its hard to believe there is no lactose in there.

johnnnniee, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pitch black with a thin brown head.

Aroma: Creamy and sweet. Hints of chocolate and mild roastiness in the nose.

Taste: Rich and creamy with strong coffee/chocolate flavors upfront. Roastiness is just right. Smooth and vibrant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. Chocolate lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Nails it on the mouthfeel alone. This is a style that is supposed to be sweet and creamy and I feel that Bells lives up to it.

Brad007, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of tobelerone
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much head at all but decent lacing. Very dark, opaque appearance. Aromas slightly muted; roasty and vaguely metallic. Excellent flavor. Roasty, complex, malty, balanced, just the right amount of bitterness. Medium long finish, lingering nicely without a bitter aftertaste. Not a hoppy stout, which I like. Good mouthfeel with creamy, tongue-coating quality. Not too thick. Another superb Bell's offering. The roasted malt dominates, with the standard chocolate and coffee notes well in the background for a change. Nicely malty but only slightly sweet.

I really liked this one!

tobelerone, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stone IPA glass. Nice dark appearance with thin beige foam.

Smell is nothing special in my opinion, mostly roasted malt aroma with a little sour smell mixed in. Unfortunately the flavor is about the same. Wasn't as thick or creamy as I hoped based on the name. Just a run-of-the-mill stout to me.

I won't seek it out again.

TurdFurgison, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger creamy head

Smell: coffee, mocha, malts

Taste: mokah, little iron or oxidation,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, creamy, smooth

Overall: A very enjoyable cream stout just wish it didn't have that iron / oxidation aftertaste.

Cheers,

The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: black and bold, chocolate brown thick and creamy head (like most of the bell's stouts), head fades but laces the glass

smell: fairly mild, sweet milk chocolate, light coffee and cream, faint cherry, slight roastiness to the aroma as well

taste: milk chocolate, light coffee roast, quite sweet.

mouthfeel: rich and creamy, thick and chewy

drinkability: not as heavy as other bell's stouts, refreshing like chocolate milk

Not the first bell's stout i would seek out but a great milk/sweet stout

dirtylou, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

drummermattie02, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pour leaves a wafer thin, beige head that quickly recedes to a ring around the edge of the beer. Color is a very, very, very dark brown. Almost like brownie mix.

Smell- A great sugared cream aroma mixed with melted milk chocolate mixed with some slight, dry acidity to the finish.

Taste- Starts out warm milk sweet and hot chocolate. This leads too a more easily defined roasted malt character. The sweetness slowly trades with a dry bitterness. Like a drop of hops was added to my goodnight milk.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth to start but finishes a little and acidic.

scruffwhor, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of xnicknj
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at POPE in philly

A - Pours midnight black with a substantial, yet fading head, leading to some spotty lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Plenty of dry roasted malts in the beginning along with coffee beans and woodyness. Hints of dark chocolate and vanilla are present but plenty of hops peek through especially in the end. Finishes dark and dry with some lingering sweetness.

M/D - Slightly heavier body but still very tingly and chewy. Smooth, creamy, and drinkable.

This is about as tasty as it gets for the style.

xnicknj, Oct 02, 2010
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 2,930 ratings.